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ONE Village pushes for delay of deal between YMCA and Horizon, wants TPS to take over building

TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Members of Toledo's One North End Village group are voicing their opposition to a plan to move Horizon Science Academy's downtown location into the old YMCA building on Summit Street.

The building, located at the intersection of Summit and Bush Streets, has been for sale since 2012. A contract is in place for the Horizon Science Academy to move into the building. ONE Village members say they want the charter school to hold off on that move in case Toledo Public Schools takes over the city's Head Start program.

The district may get a grant to run the program. District officials have said they believe the former YMCA location would be an ideal location for the program's hub. But, the district will not find out if they will receive the grant until April.

At a public meeting Tuesday, ONE Village President Chere Legrant asked the YMCA and Horizon to hold off on their deal until the grant situation is resolved.

"Will you delay on this building until April to give the University time to get the answer on the funding?" said Legrant.

YMCA officials did not seem interested in giving up the deal for a chance at a deal with TPS which may never materialize.

"We have not received any offer from anybody other than the Horizon Academy, any offer, not an offer, not a proposal, no money, nothing. So we're talking hypothetically," said YMCA Board President Mark Rose.

Horizon seemed to be on the same page.

"We are neither willing nor will be part of any deal breaking situation. Our standpoint here is very clear, we wanted to relocate our downtown building because we believe that our students deserve better," said Horizon Science Academy Director Murat Oguz.

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